This review is neither an endorsement nor a recommendation for the GetPaidToDraw system.
If you’ve been searching for ways make money from your art online and happened to find GetPaidToDraw.com, you might think you’ve got a sure-fire solution.
Naturally, it costs $34.95 to find out if it works or not, so of course you wonder—is it a scam? Is the sales message too good to be true? You know, the one that says: "Sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars in residual payments" just for uploading photos and drawings to websites?
This review will peel back the layers of that glossy sales pitch on GetPaidToDraw.com and give you the honest answers. In fact, one reason I decided to pay for the GPTD program was so I could write about it and help other artists make the correct decision for themselves. (I am not, by the way, a GetPaidToDraw.com affiliate.)
Let’s get the easy questions out of the way first:
Is GetPaidToDraw.com a scam? Absolutely not. This product brings together a great deal of valuable information in one package and presents number of different ways to earn income through art online. It could save you months of research and may even point out options that you wouldn’t find on your own.
Is the GetPaidToDraw sales message too good to be true? In my opinion, yes. I think some of the claims are overstated, and others will take a lot of work to achieve. If you think the money will be rolling in from day one, you’ll be seriously disappointed, but if you work at it, the potential is there.
Can you really sit back, relax and get paid thousands of dollars? With the information GetPaidToDraw.com supplies it’s certainly possible, but to reach that level would take a lot of work and you can bet you won’t be doing much relaxing for a while.
So what is GetPaidToDraw.com? Is it worth $34.95?
Simply put, GetPaidToDraw.com is an introduction to a career as freelance commercial artist or photographer. It presents you with a basic introduction to drawing and the art industry and lists various websites where you can either upload your art (to earn residual income) or apply as a freelance artist, designer, or photographer.
GPTD is best suited to people who have artistic or photographic ability but need direction in finding opportunities to earn money.
If you’re already an experienced freelance artist you might find some value in the GPTD program, or you might not. It could be that you’re already aware of all the opportunities presented.
If you’re looking for a program that will teach you to draw, then this system will give you some pointers but that’s about it.
If you’ve read the GetPaidToDraw sales pitch and highlighted the points about selling your paintings on eBay for thousands of dollars. . . you’ll be extremely disappointed.
How does the GetPaidToDraw.com system work?
Once you’ve paid your $34.95 membership fee, you start off by reading their 50 page, 23 chapter ebook. Obviously I’m not going to disclose all the information presented, but I will make a few comments:
The ebook is most useful as an introduction to all the various opportunities that come with the GPTD system. It doesn’t go into any great detail anywhere, but as a quick overview of the system it does the job.
The section of the ebook that teaches you how to draw needs to be read in conjunction with the four "How to draw" videos included in the members area. To be perfectly blunt I found this section of the ebook (which is over one third of the book itself) and the drawing videos highly inadequate.
If you have any drawing talent whatsoever, the ebook recommends skipping to chapter 13 for the "business" side of everything. But as I mentioned before, even that is mostly an overview of what you can do with the system, not an in-depth HOW to.
For example, the section that talks about eBay tells you how eBay works and how to list your items, but does not give any tips at all on how to sell your paintings for thousands of dollars. In fact you’ll get more information about how to sell on eBay from eBay itself than you will from the GPTD system.
And even though the focus of the GPTD sales pitch is about earning residual income from submitting artwork to various web sites, that isn’t really the focus of the ebook either. Instead, it covers a considerable number of regular jobs in the field of art and design—jobs that aren’t online at all. It does give you a couple of online marketplaces for finding freelance work, but not as many as you might expect.
After reading the ebook and watching the four drawing videos there are two more videos included in the basic GPTD system. One tells you how to make a website and the other tells you how to sign up with clickbank.com, Google Adsense and Google Adwords. These videos have very little to do with getting paid to draw (and much more to do with becoming a GetPaidToDraw.com affiliate).
Editor’s Note: By signing up for those ad programs via GetPaidToDraw, it’s likely that you’re also earning referral fees for the GetPaidToDraw owners. -Dan
The final item in the GPTD system is a database of websites that pay for drawings and photographs, as well as information about various advertising agencies where you could presumably freelance.
This is probably the most useful part of the GPTD system since one assumes that these are the sites that produced the outstanding income results in the sales pitch. Of course, whether you will have the same good fortune is another thing entirely.
After looking at the top two recommended sites, I have to mention that it’s quite a competitive market. Your artwork will need to stand out against thousands of other images, sort of like selling art on eBay. The difference is that by submitting to these web sites your work can be purchased over and over again—that’s what residual earning is all about.
Besides the ebook, the videos, and the database, there were a few extra perks to being a member of GetPaidToDraw.com—for instance, there were several bonus videos available in the membership area (Photoshop tutorials and more affiliate marketing stuff) plus every member get 24/7 email access to the author of GPTD.
I personally emailed the owner/author a few times before writing this review in order to ask him some questions about GetPaidToDraw and see if he’d respond. He emailed me back very promptly each time—usually by the next day.
To sum up, here’s my own opinion and experience:
I purchased the GetPaidToDraw system about 3 weeks ago and so far have not made a cent. That’s not necessarily because it doesn’t work, because I admit I’ve been slow putting it into practice.
My feeling about the product is that you’ll most likely take a look at everything and think it’s all too hard. I did and I’m already familiar with many of the concepts presented. However, I paid for it. . . so I’m going to persevere.
For more of David Arandle’s articles, visit his website at ExtraordinaryTourist.com .